One of the major purposes of this book is to help clarify the term "industrial relations" and thus to assist meaningful discussion about the strengths and deficiencies of the body of thought to which it refers. The editors' premise is that industrial relations is a multinational field whose disciples should be seeking principles that apply over the broadest span of time and space. Contributors include Roy J. Adams, Jack Barbash, Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Braham Dabscheck, John Godard, Steve M. Hills, Kevin Hince, Thomas Kochan, Viateur Larouche and Michel Audet, Craig R. Littler, Noah M. Meltz, Michael Poole, Paula Voos, and Hoyt Wheeler, with an introduction by Roy J. Adams.
Roy J. Adams is Professor of Industrial Relations at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Noah M. Meltz is Professor of Industrial Relations at the University of Toronto. Together they are co-chairs of the International Industrial Relations Association's study group on Industrial Relations Theory and Industrial Relations as a field.